31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31-36
Disciples of Jesus are free.
But they have got to know their desperate situation.
They have got to know what sin is up to.
Sin makes its slaves.
Sin is not just a list of bad acts;
Its a condition of independence and separation from God.
Jesus says people are slaves to sin.
If that’s the case there is no freedom from the consequences of sin.
We are bound to the evidence of our brokenness: to our guilt, to our shame, to our fear.
Jesus says His word, his teaching, brings us into freedom.
Freedom from sin… may this be a progressive reality we experience more and more.
The Son must set us free.
Knowing truth is a product of abiding in His Word.
Abiding, Waiting, listening, cherishing His Word.
Abide: that’s the word of a free person.
Abide in the word of Jesus and you will
abide in the house of God… like a child enjoy family privilege.
At home with God.
That’s the condition sin always seeks to disturb.
Listen to Jesus.
He says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31